Executive Director: Fungal Diversity Survey (FunDIS)

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FunDiS Seeks an Executive Director to Transition from an All-volunteer Community Science Organization

Fungal Diversity Survey (FunDiS) is looking for an Executive Director (ED), initially volunteer, to manage current programs and grow the organization. Created in 2017 as the North American Mycoflora Project, FunDiS is an all-volunteer 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization working to increase scientific knowledge and public awareness of the critical role of fungi in the health of our ecosystems. We do this by equipping community scientists, working with academic mycologists, with the tools to document the diversity and distribution of fungi across North America, with the aim of using those data to protect threatened fungi. Learn about our programs, publications, Board of Directors and more at https://fundis.org/.

FunDiS has accomplished a great deal in only four years as an all-volunteer community science organization, engaging thousands of community scientists and a dozen mycologists in a range of field studies, DNA barcoding, education and related activities. But there’s much more FunDiS can do with sufficient funding and fresh leadership to make us an effective voice for fungal conservation. Fundraising for staff and operations is underway, but it is uncertain when or if we will be successful.

We seek an ED with the vision, experience and skills to turn FunDiS into a financially sustainable, professional voice for community science and fungal conservation. A passion for fungi is definitely a plus, but more important is vision, personality and skills to create a sustainable business model for FunDiS. We seek an ED who will actively seek funding for her/his position, as well as for additional staff and operations. Therefore, experience with grant fundraising or operating large fee-for-service programs is required. The position description can be found here: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1L1onLybd_ORepmT-C6YdY9YlY8hZOEkkdymm_-kdW8Q/edit?usp=sharing 

Interested parties may send a letter of interest and resume to ed.search@fundis.org.   We will continue looking until we find the right person.

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